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NQCG3105 Leadership & management for Public Health improvement

Module Overview

The module aims to develop your leadership and management skills as a public health practitioner so that you can lead teams in the development; implementation and evaluation of strategies to improve service provision

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of the module are: To develop the leadership and management skills of you the Public Health Practitioner so that you can lead teams in the development; implementation and evaluation of strategies to improve service provision.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse your own leadership and management skills and attributes in relation to managing teams and services (including emergency / major incident management), with reference to relevant theory.
  • Utilise a range of management models and tools to examine an aspect of current Public Health service provision relevant to your area of practice.
  • Identify a range of possible options for improving that aspect of service provision and justify your selection of a strategy.
  • Identify and apply a range of appropriate leadership and management theories to support you in the implementation of your chosen strategy


Introduction to leadership & management Leadership & management theories Understanding self as a leader Power, authority and influencing Building & developing the team Empowering others Effective delegation NHS leadership framework Strategy development: Strategic analysis of current service provision Creative techniques for analysing the current service and generating options to improve services Option appraisal and decision making Emergency/major incident management Strategy implementation: Leadership & management of change Project management Resource management Planning Understanding the impact of culture on change Motivating staff through change Risk management Evaluating the strategy: Models & techniques for evaluating strategies

Special Features

This module is required in all public health pathways, providing excellent opportunities for shared learning with other public health professionals from a wide range of agencies and services.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module. These include lead lectures, discussion, guided reading, group activities, guided discovery learning and e learning. You will be encouraged to use your practice teacher/mentor/peers as a resource for learning.

Completion of assessment task120
Preparation for scheduled sessions50
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Cambell, R, Kitson, A. (2008). The Ethical Organisation. 

Capon, C. (2008). Understanding Strategic Management. 

Gill, R. (2006). Theory and practice of leadership. 

Avery, G.C (2004). Understanding Leadership. 

Mullins, L.J. (2005). Management and Organisational Behaviour. 

Northouse, P.G. (2009). Leadership – theory and practice. 

Thompson, J.L. (2001). Strategic Management. 

Boddy, D. (2008). Management: An Introduction. 

Jenkins, M., Ambrosini, V., Collier, N. (2007). Advanced Strategic Management: a multi-perspective approach. 

Cox,Y (2011). Developing a Strategy for Implementation of Policy. In Coles, L. Porter E. (Eds) Transforming Public Health Practice: Practice Policy and Strategy for Improving Health and Wellbeing. 

White, C. (2004). Strategic Management. 

Paton, R.A. McCalman, J. (2000). Change Management: A Guide to Effective Implementation. 

Additional web based resources will be made available to the students via Blackboard (these are updated for each cohort of students. 

Clegg, S. Carter,C. Kornberger,M. Schweitzer,J. (2011). Strategy: Theory & practice. 

Johnson, C. (2001). Meeting the ethical challenges of leadership. 

Balogun, J. (2008). Exploring Strategic Change. 

Lasserre, P. (2007). Global Strategic Management.. 

Johnson, G., Scholes, K. Whittington (2006). Exploring Corporate Strategy. 

Cox,Y Rawlinson,M (2008). Strategic Leadership for Health & Wellbeing in Coles,L. Porter, E. (Eds) Public Health Skills: A practical guide for Nurses and Public Health Practitioners. 

Clegg, S. Kornberger,M. Pitsis,T. (2011). Managing and organizations: An introduction to theory and practice. 

Driskill, G.W., Brenton, A.L. (2011). Organizational culture in action: A cultural analysis workbook. 

Hayes, J., (2010). The theory and practice of change management. 


Assessment Strategy

45 minute group presentation (90%) Peer review (10%) Back-up assignment method - 3000 word essay (100%)


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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